UPDATE: Legislation Approved That Reduces Pitt County School Board

The State Senate has approved legislation that will reduce the size of the Pitt County Board of Education.

According to Senate Bill 260 the Pitt county school board will be reduced from twelve members to seven.

The bill also reduces the term from six years to four years.

The bill went through many revisions, but was finally approved. The new law will begin in 2014.

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A late amendment to a bill that would dramatically alter the Pitt County School Board puts the final decision back in the hands of lawmakers.

Representative Bill Cook (R - District 6) pushed an amendment before the end of session Thursday night deleting the option for Pitt county voters to have their say about the number of people represented on the school board.

The amendment passed, omitting part of the bill that required it to be effective only if approved by a majority of the qualified voters of Pitt County in a referendum.

According to the General Assembly calendar, the bill is scheduled for a third vote in the House on Friday.



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Lawmakers have made a significant change to the legislation that would reduce the size of the largest school board in the state.

If the bill to reduce the number of board members on the Pitt County School Board receives approval from the General Assembly, it will also require another vote. Then, Pitt County voters must approve the measure.

Senate Bill 260 has been changed to require a local vote to reduce the number of board members, as well as the length of their terms. The bill aims to reduce the Pitt County School Board from 12 people to seven, and cut terms from six years to four.



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The bill to reduce the size of the Pitt County School Board has yet to be voted on by the State House of Representatives, although it was on the calendar for Wednesday.

The measure sponsored by State Senator Republican Louis Pate is on hold, following an objection filed by Representative Reupublican Stephen Laroque of Kinston, according to the Daily Reflector.

The bill aims to the reduce the largest school board in the state from 12 members to seven. The measure would also cut terms from six years to four.



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The NC House is scheduled to vote Wednesday on a bill that would dramatically impact the composition of the Pitt County Board of Education.

A House committee approved Senate Bill 260 Tuesday, and the calendar for the NC General Assembly says the House will vote on the issue today.

State Senator Republican Louis Pate is sponsoring the bill that would reduce the state's largest school board from 12 members to seven, and create four-year terms instead of the current six-year terms.

The bill has been a political lightning rod in Pitt County. The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce's public support of the measure led the Pitt County Commissioners to withdraw their membership in the chamber.

Reducing the size of the board is something that's been brought up by the board in the past, but it never received enough support. School board member Jennifer Little proposed reducing the size of the board earlier this school year, something the Pitt County Board of Education Chairman Billy Peaden told WITN, he staunchly opposed.



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A committee in the State House of Representatives is scheduled to take up a Senate bill Wednesday that would affect the Pitt County Board of Education.

The calendar for the House government committee has Senate Bill 260 on its calendar.

State Senator Republican Louis Pate is sponsoring the bill that would reduce the state's largest school board from 12 members to seven, and create four-year terms instead of the current six-year terms.

The legislative session will be coming to an end soon. If the bill gets approved in the House committee, that could pave the way for a vote by the full House of Representatives. The Senate has already approved the bill.



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A controversial bill in the state senate that would reduce the number of people on the Pitt County School Board is one step closer to becoming law.

State Senator Republican Louis Pate is sponsoring the bill that would reduce the state's largest school board from 12 members to seven, and create four-year terms instead of the current six-year terms.

Tuesday, the bill passed the Senate and will now go to a vote by the house.

School Board President Billy Peaden says, "We'll do what we have to do, if we go to 7 board members, then we'll go to 7 board members, but I think we have a lot of hurdles to cross before that happens."

The Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce supports the change. President Susanne Sartelle says, "There are a lot of turf issues, there's a lot of devisiveness in the school board, I think if we get this bill passed it will make a positive difference for the future of public education in our community."

After the house votes, and if they agree with the bill, it will become law since the govenor will not have to sign a local bill.

Monday, the Pitt County Commissioners voted to drop out of the Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce, for the Chamber's support of Pate's bill.


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  • by pete Location: grifton on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:17 PM
    How's that change working out for you? I smell one term & you can put that on his teleprompter barstool.
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      by Fact Bringer on Jun 19, 2011 at 10:20 PM in reply to pete
      Who are you talking about, Pete?
  • by pete Location: grifton on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:11 PM
    "THE FAT LADY IS GOING ON A DIET"
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:08 PM
    Are you people serious? You are about to cry because of an elected board being reduced from 12 to 7. Geez, give it a rest. If that is your main problem in life, then I got news for you. You are OK and you will be fine. Now dry your tears.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 05:08 PM
    Are you people serious? You are about to cry because of an elected board being reduced from 12 to 7. Geez, give it a rest. If that is your main problem in life, then I got news for you. You are OK and you will be fine. Now dry your tears.
  • by WB on Jun 19, 2011 at 03:00 PM
    It is a shame that the effective date could not be the beginning of the next school year (2011-2012) instead of 2014.
  • by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 07:41 AM
    Add me to the list that does NOT agree. Our instructional coach works hard and has been really helpful in many ways. He definitely earns his pay. If nothing else, he saves our system money by finding and coordinating staff development that really helps our teachers instead of just wasting their time an filling workdays. Our principal is on the halls and in and out of classrooms consistently as well. I can't speak about Heather Mayo, other than to say I think school systems should probably have someone assigned to handle public relations.
  • by teacher Location: enc on Jun 19, 2011 at 06:11 AM
    great! elimnate those that voted on the moment of silence!
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      by Anonymous on Jun 19, 2011 at 10:40 AM in reply to teacher
      A moment of silence gives everyone a chance to clear their head and focus for the day. I am a teacher in another county and at my school we have a moment of silence every day. It gives me a chance to clearn my head. So what is wrong with the moment of silence. It is not hurting anybody.
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        by teacher2 on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:34 AM in reply to
        I would prefer a moment of noise and then a full day of silence.
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        by teacher again on Jun 19, 2011 at 02:33 PM in reply to
        The moment of silence is a violation of church and state as it implies prayer. Have any of your students been punished for violating the silence? Have parents requested their children not be present during this faux prayer? Has the school year been extended for 3 hours due to lost of instructional time?
  • by Teresa Location: Farmville on Jun 18, 2011 at 07:35 PM
    As long as you have a representative for minorities that is an minority then there is no problem. We must be fair. You can not run a board that is bias. There is a dead cat on the line. (There is a hidden agenda)
  • by Liz Location: Pitt Co on Jun 17, 2011 at 06:29 PM
    Consolidated board in 80s was meant to be temporary but was never changed. Ways PCS can save money...do away with Instructional Coaches, put them back in own classes [ask any teacher..they aren't needed],get rid of Heather Mayo [nothing personal, but Reep gets enough $ to speak for PCS], stop having so many central office meetings so principals can actually be in their schools [they're NEVER there!], do away with TLC...put them back in class too! Hope PCS board read this!!! Ask any teacher, bet they'll agree with all!
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      by Teacher Man on Jun 19, 2011 at 12:38 AM in reply to Liz
      Not all teachers agree. The reading coach at our school is great. The TLC teachers will be in classrooms next year. My principal is at our school quite a bit and she is in our classrooms on a regular basis. I'm not sure what to say about Heather Mayo but she does a lot more than just "speak for PCS". I'm not sure if you're just a bitter teacher or a bitter person, but you certainly don't speak for all teachers.
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        by Liz on Jun 20, 2011 at 07:05 PM in reply to Teacher Man
        No sir, not bitter at all..love this profession! But in a budget crunch it is time to evaluate every penny! Haven't had new textbooks in so long, we're taping them together. ICs are nice people, but I can name at least 4 schools where they don't "enhance" instruction. Most administrators are nice folks, but I have also talked to teachers at numerous schools that agree their "principals are never at school". My comment about Mayo's position was in reference to the 6 figures Dr. Reep makes me feel that it should also cover PR responsibilities. Teachers are asked to hold extra jobs around the school; that should also apply to PCS central office.
  • by Tyee Location: Hyde County on Jun 17, 2011 at 03:54 PM
    The membership of the pitt county school board should belong to the people in pitt county, I should have no say at all, period. And the state should not either. If state funds are involved that is another matter.
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      by Kane on Jun 19, 2011 at 11:35 AM in reply to Tyee
      State funds ARE involved, henceforth it's the states business.
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      by Duh! on Jun 20, 2011 at 01:30 AM in reply to Tyee
      The people of Pitt County had to go to the State because the local politicians wouldn't listen to the people.
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